Reason in Iran

Haaretz had this story about the ex-president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami who has denied the denial of the Holocaust:

Iran’s reformist former president Mohammad Khatami has described the Holocaust as a “historical reality” – a stinging attack on his controversial and revisionist successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“We should speak out if even a single Jew is killed. Don’t forget that one of the crimes of Hitler, Nazism and German national socialism was the massacre of innocent people, among them many Jews,” the cleric said in comments carried in the Iranian press yesterday.

AND stated for the record what the Koran says about killing innocents.

“The persecution of Jews, just like Nazism, is a Western phenomenon. In the East, we have always lived side by side with them. And we follow a religion that states that the death of an innocent person is the death of all of humanity,” Khatami said.

That shows us a couple of things,
1) that there are sane people in Iran and
2) it’s not so bad there, in Iran, that sane people are afraid to speak up.
Good things. Oh, one more thing, this emphasizes that
3) Presidents in Iran don’t have a lot of power. Who remembers Khatami and what he did?
(maybe it’s just me with no memory of him)